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Natalie Merchant on Art, Poetry, and Music

Natalie Merchant. Photo: Mark Seliger
Natalie Merchant. Photo: Mark Seliger

On a rainy afternoon at the Getty Center, two dozen students and teachers anxiously awaited the arrival of Natalie Merchant. Stopping at the Getty on her national tour, the singer-songwriter had invited them to attend a workshop on the theme… More»

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